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Penny Saewert's daughters, Emma, left, and Sydnie are shown with their dog, Molly. The Saewerts had to have Molly put down last summer. Photo courtesy of Amy Warrey

How parents can help children cope with death of a pet

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WEST FARGO - For the past year, 13-year-old McKenna Robertson has been dealing with the impending loss of her dog, Piper.

The 8-year-old Shih Tzu, who sleeps on McKenna's bed at night and snuggles with her on the couch, has a tumor on his colon. Veterinarians say he doesn't have long to live.

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